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BSA to become Scouting America

The Black Swamp Area Council has shared the national announcement that Boy Scouts of America is changing its name to Scouting America.

"The new name reflects the continuing efforts to welcome everyone to experience the benefits of Scouting," explains Marc Kogan, Black Swamp Scout Executive. The name change will go into effect on February 8, 2025, the organization’s 115th birthday.

Kogan notes, “We are excited to continue to welcome all youth into Scouting.  Scouting makes youth prepared for life teaching today’s youth to become leaders of tomorrow!”


Rellinger honored as Ohio’s 2024 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO

Award provides $500 scholarship for local high school senior

Columbus __ Maria Rellinger, Treasurer/CFO at Apollo Career Center, was awarded the 2024 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year Award by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Foundation for School Business Management at its 2024 Annual Conference & Expo in Columbus.


LSO joins consortium presenting new works by women composers

The Lima Symphony Orchestra has been selected as one of thirty orchestras nationwide to participate in a program premiering and programming works by women composers. The LSO will program the work by composer Chelsea Komschlies. 


72nd Annual Spring Show at ArtSpace 

The 72nd annual juried Spring Show art exhibit will open on Saturday, May 4 at ArtSpace, 65-67 Town Square, Lima. The exhibit features all mediums and introduces new artists to the public, in addition to featuring well-known artists from the region. 

The exhibit was juried by Steve Smith, an internationally recognized artist.

The opening will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Music will be provided by Alison Hedges, harpist.

The exhibit will remain on display from May 4-June 22. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.


$1.7M for recycling and litter prevention awarded in northwest Ohio

Recipients include Bluffton Exempted Village Schools and Village of Bluffton

COLUMBUS __ Local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout northwest Ohio are receiving $1.7 million this year in grants from Ohio EPA to implement recycling, litter prevention, market development, and scrap tire recycling programs.


ODOT has already picked up 89K bags of trash in 2024

CORRECTION ODOT has picked up 89K bags of trash so far in 2024.

COLUMBUS__It’s spring, it’s Earth Day, and it’s all happy – until you see litter, and you’re reminded of the human problem that haunts us all.